Monday, September 8, 2014

anecdote #292: H

crossfired. H loaded one word
used to accuse me of illiteracy/infinite stupidity.

unfair this explosion at me as intolerable
should be H's whole legacy.

one withering echoes another withering like a flank
H battled chaos towards one correct thing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

anecdote # 291- Palestine's blogger (1.5 post)

I assumed she meant Palestine/Israel
but maybe she meant Palestine, Texas.

I found it like a train-wreck — her talk
of PTA-meeting blowouts, husband, gossip,

kid acting out, doing flower arranging
cooking and never a political edge

how could she omit the landmines
soldiers, bombs, raids but then

in my daily reports how do I omit
muted on wrongs, injustices?

Monday, August 18, 2014

tribute #284 - Ramsey

Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares is a reality check. You can work sloppily in a field for years without foundational knowledge or skill. Continuing is proof of nothing. Small commitment to learn, small returns. Best practice doesn't need invention but application.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

anecdote #290 - L

pressed for time together
and I deflected. fond of L
but busy. I didn't realize
bond establishments needed
intense rapid contact then
I could be put on a schedule
of relationship maintenance.
missed that window. L's
busy. "we're" "at sea".

Monday, July 7, 2014

tribute #283 - Moriarty

Moriarty said I want to stuff you with crumpets. 

It came to be a shorthand for: I can't do much, but this much happiness and luxury I can make. Past basic needs, loving and treasuring you the best I can.

Friday, May 23, 2014

tribute # 282- Lesley

It's the quiet ones you've got to watch
(Instead of the complaining noisemakers).

Makes the world she wants to have, the time
to be present, water off duck's back,

gives detailed feedback, encouraging people,
enthusiastic asides. speaking up for good.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Anecdote # 289 - Mark Twain

"Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option."
Thanks. Lightbulb. Extending my limited energy at insistent indifference/resistance?
We don't need to be friend(s/ly). Even a context of collaboration is a sham(e), a waste.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

anecdote #288 - column man

opened his relationship for what
he could get.
when she agreed, men came
who enjoyed her.
he became jealous, baffled why anyone
would find her interesting.
what she realized? past time to move on.

what boring doors don't I close?

Monday, March 3, 2014

tribute # 281 - Carol Burnett

Humour, I'd forgotten her. 
She could do chic or goof
happiest when over-the-top.
I'd forgotten hours watching
her and the crew of loons
Tim Conway, Harvey Korman
and Vicki Lawrence. Even 
as if customized for me.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

anecdote # 287 - Elaine (late 90s)

She thanked me for her first day
of work. What?

as she came in wondering
how uptight this workplace would be?

saw me coming down the hall barefoot.
relaxed; she'd fit in fine.

never know who's looking,
taking what away.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

anecdote # 286 - concerned lady

17, late, booting it, turns come fast.
90 degrees at 110kph?

sure,

nearly.
parallel along night's deep ditch.

old couple knocked my window.

Harold go back —
she's not going to make the corner I said.

Harold rocked the car out.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Collective # 89: Music teachers

The women who taught us music in primary school
were flower children of the 60s a little further on.
we learned a lot of 60s protest songs.
I feel as if I grew up in the 60s, with odd gaps.

anecdote #285 - Joni

can't claim intimate connection.
Or even knowing who.

Choir taught The Circle Game
to follow the shape of her voice,

a hand-me-down corset of sound.
without having heard her

she's carried in my solitude.

any culture stripped anonymous,
keeps potency.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

anecdote #284 -Daniel L

summer campfire. field workers and family.
conversation, a singalong. A moved to throw
a chip bag into the flames.
Daniel said ne fait ca, it's hard to believe
sitting here (he looked at the starry sky)
that pollution exists anywhere.

Monday, January 20, 2014

tribute # 280 - GK

I've read witticisms of Chesterton since I was a kid. In December, his books were eye-widening. Tight metaphor, vivid characters, grasp of human nature's motivation, creatively careening through stories with oddball good humour. Not-Sinister is blond, red-head, midlife and male.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

tribute #279 - Campbell's

as a teen got the Campbell's soup cookbooks.
the paper mentors were substitution grids
each veggie, soup, pasta, interchangeable.

looking by category at ingredients as functions
(like Avon's fashion mix & match outfits)
formed the way I conceive of cooking.